T-Mobile US Launches IoT Access Packs that Bundle Wireless Data & Modules

4 January 2017
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The third largest mobile operator in the US,  T-Mobile has unveiled new IoT Access packs come with Cat1 modules and wireless data to simplify and accelerate IoT development.

In today’s market, if a device maker wants to create an IoT solution, they must buy a wireless module from one vendor then negotiate to purchase an overpriced data plan from a carrier – all before bringing their solution to market, said T-Mobile. With T-Mobile’s IoT Access packs, new and existing customers can get everything they need – including modules and data – to develop the next great IoT solution.

The base plan includes up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device, and $6 per year per device afterward. The step-up plan offers unlimited data at 64Kbps for $25 per year per device, with a limited time offer of $5 off the first year for each device. With both T-Mobile IoT Access packs, T-Mobile will cover the cost of a Sequans Cat1 module, via a bill credit from T-Mobile, up to $16 per module.

In addition, T-Mobile also announced plans to continue to help customers deliver the next-generation of devices for machine-to-machine communications. T-Mobile is continuing to work to deliver “Category M” and “Narrowband IoT” (NB-IoT), the next evolution of modules to help customers save money over time and take advantage of T-Mobile’s expanding LTE coverage, based on market and customer needs.

Combined with the Cat1 modules available on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network today, these future modules will provide another technology option to give customers choice in improved data speeds and a longer product lifecycle compared to 2G network technologies, said T-Mobile.

Doug Chartier, SVP, T-Mobile
Like everything they do, the carriers over-complicate the Internet of Things, and that leads to more hassle and cost for customers. The wireless industry needs simpler options for IoT to take off, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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